July 11, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy men's cross country team has released its 2013 schedule. The Midshipmen will compete in six meets, including the annual dual with Army, prior to the Patriot League Championships on Nov. 2.
Navy will begin the season on August 31 with the Sea Gull Opener on the campus of Salisbury University. The next weekend, Sept. 7, the Mids will return to the Fordham Fiasco for the second time in the past three seasons. Navy placed second at the event in 2011, which takes place at historic Van Cortland Park.
On Sept. 14, the Midshipmen will host the annual Navy Invitational. It will mark the 17th time in program history, and the 15th consecutive year, the Mids will host an individual scoring meet on their home course. Navy won the race last year by placing six runners in the top-11.
The Midshipmen will return to New York for the Iona Meet of Champions on Sept. 21.
After a week off, Navy will get back into action on Oct. 5 when it takes part in the 40th annual Paul Short Run on the campus of Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. The meet routinely draws some of the nation's best programs, including several from the Mid-Atlantic region. Navy last took part in the meet in 2011 when it placed 11th. The meet will also give the Mids the opportunity to run on the course that will be the site of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships later in the season.
Navy will look to claim its fifth consecutive Star on Oct. 18 when it travels to West Point, N.Y., to face Army. The Mids defeated the Black Knights, 20-43, last season in Annapolis.
Lafayette will host this year's Patriot League Championships on Nov. 2. The Mids will aim to return to the top of the conference after having their string of four consecutive league titles snapped last season.
Navy will return to Bethlehem, Pa., on Nov. 15 for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. The top two teams at the regional championship will each earn one of 18 automatic bids to the NCAA Championship held on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.